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Cherrapunji

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Sohra, also spelled as Cherrapunjee and Charrapunji, is a town in East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It is credited as being the wettest place on Earth. However, nearby Mawsynram has more rainfall nowadays, and both are surpassed by Lloró, Colombia.

It is the traditional capital of a hima (Khasi tribal chieftainship constituting a petty state) known as Sohra or Churra.

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History[edit]

The original name for this town was Sohra, pronounced as "Churra" by the British before morphing into the present one. Despite perennial rain, Cherrapunji faces an acute water shortage and the inhabitants often have to trek for miles to obtain potable water. Irrigation is also hampered due to excessive rain washing away the topsoil as a result of human encroachment into the forests. Now the Meghalaya State government has decided to rename Cherrapunji to its local name "Sohra". There is a monument to David Scott (British Administrator in NE India, 1802–31) in Cherrapunji cemetery.

Geography[edit]

Cherrapunji is located at 25.30°N 91.70°E. It has an average elevation of 1,484 metres (4,869 ft) sits on a plateau in the southern part of the Khasi Hills, facing the plains of Bangladesh. The plateau rises 600 meters above the surrounding valleys. Valleys around Cherrapunji are covered with lush and very diverse vegetation, containing numerous endemic species of plants, including Meghalaya subtropical forests.

Climate[edit]

View of Bangladesh plains from Cherrapunjee

The cliffs of Cherrapunji receive heavy rainfall due to monsoon winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal. Thus, the region is home to extremely wet weather. Cherrapunji's yearly rainfall average stands at 11,777 millimetres (463.7 in). Cherrapunji receives both the Southwest and Northeast monsoon showers which give it a single monsoon season. It lies in the windward side of the Khasi Hills. In the winter months it receives the northeast monsoon showers which travel down the Brahmaputra valley.

Get in[edit]

Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is also the nearest airport to Cherrapunji. From Shillong you can get to Cherrapunji in a shared Sumo from Barabazar, which is a short walk down GS road from the police Bazar. The sumos leave from the upstairs section of a parkade. Once you're in Bara bazar ask around and someone will surely point you in the right direction. Remember there is limited transport during Sundays and Christian holidays like Easter etc.

Get around[edit]

Shared taxis rip up and down the roads. It's 10 rupees to get from the market down to lower Sohra, same price the other way. If you're on foot and heading down to the guest houses or homestays in lower Sohra (lower Cherrapunji) you should find your way through the footpaths and roads heading south from the market. If you walk on the highway it's way further. If you're heading down to Tyrna, the start of the walk to Nongriat, shared taxis leave from the market when they're full, charging 40 rupees per person. There's also a bus that comes through around 9-9:30 AM and will drop you on the highway very close to Tyrna for 30 rupees.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Living Root Bridges[4], The Living root Bridges created by people of Khasi tribe is one of the most amazing examples of bio engineering. Created over years by carefully guiding the roots of Ficus benghalensis these bridges can last upto 500 years. The most famous Living Root Bridges are in the village of Nongriat and Mawlynnong.
  • Seven Sister's Falls. Seven small streams fall down from hills. A great spectacle during monsoon or post monsoon. Green surrondings also soothe your eyes.  edit
  • Mawsmai Cave, (Just beside Seven Sister's). Natural cave with Stalagmite and Stalagtite formations. Lighting has also been arranged. This cave is one of the must visit spots.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

It's not hard to learn about all the local sights you can take a selfie at. Ask anyone. Don't make the mistake of leaving Sohra without heading down to Nongriat.

Buy[edit][add listing]

You should buy a warm coat and an umbrella.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Avron Restaurant, Opposit Metrological office. Vegetarian and non vegetarian food.  edit
  • Rain Cafe, Sohra Cherrapunjee "". the entire day dining facility with breath taking view.  edit

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

Most of the places to stay around Cherrapunji are more expensive and cater to domestic Indian tourists. At the low end expect to pay around 500 rupees. Be aware that the lodging in Nongriat is more affordable but also rougher. Probably if you're a backpacker you will prefer to spend your time in Nongriat rather than Cherrapunji.

  • D Cloud guest home, Sohra-Shella Road Mawpunkyrtiang Saitsohpen Lower Cherra or Lower Sohra Landmark- Opposite to Fire and Emergency Station (give a call he will guide you when you reach near the gas station (Indian Oil),on the main road,when you're coming from Shillong.(he may even pick you up from there!)), Iainehlang (yai) 09856181358. has various range of rooms: private, dormitory and a variety of facilities depending on your choice, facility of homestay and resort is also available everything at a very reasonable price. The range of facilities is really impressive and it can accommodate nearly all kinds of travelers (kitchen is available too!!). For BACKPACKERS, if you are looking for a clean bed, clean bathroom and a place away from hustle and bustle of main road this is the place (₹300 per person), there is a river nearby too and there is a non-motorable road from where it's just around 150m away from the main road. Yai is an amazing person, he will try his best to make you feel comfortable and is a very aware and sensible person.  edit
  • Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort, Village Laitkynsew, Cherrapunjee Pincode - 793 108, 094361 15925 096153 38500, 098630 79856, [1]. 3000rs.  edit
  • Saimika Park, sohra/cherrapunjee (3 kms before reaching the marketplace, there is a divertion to the right. drive for 1/2 km to reach saimika park), +919863020718, [2]. A 65 acre plot of land with a restaurant, 7 guest rooms, two of which are made in traditional design using locally available construction material,a dormitory is available for backpackers. A conference hall is also available. Some of the amenities include a plunging pool, a basketball court,tennis court, fishing pond and trekking guides to take you to visit community forests and enjoy natural sohra. When you're not up to the outdoors there are indoor board games available. 400-2500. (25° 18' 0 N,91° 42' 0 E) edit
  • By The Way, Dukan Road. Lower Cherrapunjee (On the main road, just before the gas station (Indian Oil), on the right when you're coming from Shillong.), Heprit 09856630274. provides Lodging for 'BACKPACKERS' Has 2 rooms with a shared bathroom since he closed down the dorm rooms. 500 INR per room.  edit
  • Polo Orchid Resort, [3]. Cherrapunjee`s only Resort. Winner of the World Travel Brands Awards. Crazy expensive.  edit

Get out[edit]

Probably you are going to want to head down to NongriatCreate category


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